McClain O’Connor

McClain O’Connor of Lincoln County High was named Nevada Preps Division III Player of the Year.

Lincoln County High School senior McClain O’Connor was given the highest award in Division III high school baseball in Nevada as he has been named All-State Player of the Year, as chosen by the coaches and NevadaPreps, the high school sports section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was also Southern League Most Valuable Player in football.

In addition, three other Lincoln players, Nick Vincent, Mike Wood Jr., and Cody Thornock were also named to the All-State teams. All helped the Lynx (23-8) win their first state baseball title in 10 years, beating Yerington twice on championship Saturday in Reno.

Lincoln coach Raymond Wadsworth was named as Division III All State Coach of the Year.

Wadsworth said, “The team did a phenomenal job in staying together through the peaks and valleys of the season, and McClain was kind of the the glue that held everyone together. He truly carried the team. He wanted to win so bad, and that carried over to the other players. He and our other seniors had the attitude of refuse to lose and that carried over to the younger kids and everyone responded.”

Elsewhere, state champion Pahranagat Valley placed 10 players on the Division IV All League teams this season, including Most Valuable Player Tabor Maxwell. He was also co-offensive MVP in football along with Diquan Spiller of Spring Mountain. Pahranagat teammate Christian Higbee was baseball MVP in 2015.

The Panthers dominated Division IV baseball this season, matching the school’s best record of 26-3, closing out the season with a 19-game win streak, and sweeping both the regional and state tournaments.

Division IV

All Southern League

First Team

P–Tabor Maxwell, Pahranagat Valley; Nino Alvarez, Indian Springs. C–Shawn Wadsworth, Pahranagat Valley. 1B-Ike Taylor, Pahranagat Valley. 2B–Garrett Booher, Indian Springs. SS–Christian Higbee, Pahranagat Valley. 3B Ryan Frank, Indian Springs. OF–Brandon Burris, Pahranagat Valley; Donald Watkins, Indian Springs; Julian Pete, Indian Springs. UTL–Duston Stewart, Pahranagat Valley

Second Team

P–Logan Shelton, Sandy Valley; Jay Barth, Indian Springs. C–Devin Sickler, Indian Springs. 1B–Aaron Avery, Indian Springs. 2B–Ashor Hayworth, Pahranagat Valley. SS–Austin Thomas, Indian Springs. 3B–Garrett Higbee, Pahranagat Valley. OF–Tyson Jorgenson, Pahranagat Valley; Brodey Maxwell, Pahranagat Valley; Wyatt Robinson, Sandy Valley.  ULT- Manny Zavala, Indian Springs.

Most Valuable Player–Tabor Maxwell, Pahranagat Valley

Division III Baseball

All State

First Team

Mike Wood, Lincoln County; Nick Vincent, Lincoln County; Alex Agrawal, The Meadows; Adam Martinez, The Meadows; Trenton Poe-Evans, Needles; Coda Abatti, Laughlin; Angel Ramirez, Pershing County; Dominic Barter, Pershing County; Daniel Sciarani, Yerington; Dakota Aiazzi, Yerington; Michael Monahan, Yerington; Austin Camarena, Yerington

Second Team

Cody Thornock, Lincoln County; Nathan Wanner, Pershing County; Rhett King, Pershing County; Takoda Stewart, Silver Stage; George Clark, Yerington; Gabe Naveran, Battle Mountain; Colton Britton, White Pine; Josh Stanton, Mountain View; Devin Darrow, Needles; Dylan Hetrick, Needles; Mark Costolo, Lake Mead; Joey Johnson, Lake Mead

Player of the Year – McClain O’Connor, Lincoln County

Coach of the Year–Raymond Wadsworth, Lincoln County